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Beauty and the Soul: The Extraordinary Power of Everyday Beauty to Heal Your Life Paperback – September 2, 2010
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"Ferrucci's writing is calm and clear. His insights are widely intuitive. The very act of reading his balanced sentences unties knots and encourages openness."
--Susan Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
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Here is a link to my interview with Mr. Ferrucci, a true genius!
Drawing from Ferrucci's experience as a psychotherapist as well as academic and scientific studies, the book focuses on beauty and the value of living an aesthetic life - claiming both may instill confidence, speed recovery from trauma or illness and provide insight into the futility of materialism and war. While the book beautifully explores these benefits and offers hope and inspiration, it displays some weakness in credibility, relying somewhat on the reader to accept certain theories on faith as opposed to scientific evidence. Nevertheless, the book is an engaging and enjoyable read.
I was recommended to read this book by a new friend. We were having what I refer to as our first phone date and he recommended the book in response to what he noticed in my positive attitude. I try to see something optimistic in most frustrating events - I am not always successful, but I try. My travel agent would probably be the best witness to this quality of mine as I am often calling her when something has gone wrong. I will get there some how - no reason to freak out - besides, I am inside, have access to food and a bathroom not to mention the internet, and at times most precious private anonymity.
One part of the book that I really related to was the gradual discovery of beauty. The author shares a story of a Balsamic Vinegar shop where the walls were lined with beautiful bottles, colors, and scents. The shop owner recommended that he not purchase the most expensive highest quality vinegars because he hadn't trained his pallet yet to know the different levels of beauty. The vinegar would be too strong - too much. I often feel like this when I am discovering something new - I can't do too much at once - though I am obsessive and tend to immerse myself quickly in the new thing. For example, I will learn of a new band - buy everything they have ever done and listen to it on repeat. But, it isn't until I hear one song at a time shuffled into a playlist that I can really hear the lyrics and fall in love with the new band.
Beauty is also temporary next consistently connecting all things and emotions.Read more ›
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Inner beauty is reflected in how we age-sadly I see some using apps or surgery to look young but they aren't beautiful. How sad that is! You just look pathetic. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. E.
Ferrucci's book is lovely and compelling. I am a Psychosynthesis clinical psychologist and the healing properties of beauty are an important part of work with clients.Published on July 5, 2014 by Damaris Methner, Ph.D.